Burnouts pits out for upcoming Salem Super Cruise

SALEM – The burnout pit is out for the 2013 Salem Super Cruise, according to Service Safety Director Ken Kenst.

The Stadium GM Superstore-sponsored event has been one of the most popular features of the cruise for several years. The Super Cruise is free and open to the public and runs from June 20-23.

Kenst, who manages the event, learned about it Tuesday.

“It was an insurance-related issue,” Kenst said, adding that Stadium GM expected to return with the burnout pit in 2014.

In another Super Cruise update, the Goodyear blimp “Spirit of Goodyear” will be flying over the cruise on Friday only, according to Kyle Cranmer, who co-owns Salem Tire, the local Goodyear Tire and Rubber retail outlet, with Jim Stockton. Cranmer requested the blimp for Friday and Saturday and it was tentatively scheduled to appear both days, but it picked up a commitment to fly over the Cleveland Indians versus Minnesota Twins game in Cleveland on Saturday. Its appearance at the Super Cruise will be “weather permitting,” Cranmer said. Last year, the “Spirit of Goodyear” appeared at the Super Cruise on Friday and Saturday.

Also, Kenst reminded vendors there is a city ordinance to pay a licensing fee to set up food concessions or merchandise, even on private property. Food concessions are $500 and others are based on a percentage, he said.

In other cruise activities, the “Tribute” band of Randy Strader will perform at Arby’s on Saturday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. the weekend of the Super Cruise.

The band consists of all members of the local Strader family and Strader is celebrating his 53rd straight year as an entertainer and leader of the first local rock band to obtain national recognition.

T-shirts and ball caps for the Super Cruise are available at city hall.

For more information, visit: www.salemsupercruise.com.